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Sep 10

Finalmente, el iWatch ( Apple Watch ) es una realidad, aunque no lo esperéis antes del 2015

Apple Watch

Ayer, 9 de Septiembre, fue el día elegido por Apple para hacer la presentación de sus nuevos productos, de esta manera, ya conocemos el nuevo modelo de Smartphone de los de Cupertino, el iPhone 6 que además, saldrá en varios modelos en función del tamaño de su pantalla y acabados aunque, claro está, en wearabledevices.es estábamos pendientes de otra cosa, de la presentación oficial del rumoreado y archiesperado iWatch que finalmente se llamará Apple Watch, el primer wearable propiamente dicho de Apple. Apple ya puede decir que tiene su primer smartwatch.

Los detalles no han sido muchos salvo algunas especificaciones y como no, como expertos en marketing que son, han sabido vender la moto de que su reloj es de lo mejor. Si, lo reconozco, como buen Fandroide que soy, le tengo un poco de tirria a los de la manzana, pero también, como buen geek le daré su oportunidad al smartwatch de Apple aunque eso sí, que no me intenten vender que su reloj hace cosas que otros no, quizás algunas cosas las haga más bonitas pero empezando por el medidor de ritmo cardíaco, el NFC y pasando por los sensores de movimientos, creo que el iWatch ofrece lo mismo que otras plataformas basadas en Android Wear e incluso propietarias.

Apple Watch

Apple Watch, diseño

Sabiendo cómo es Apple, os podréis imaginar que una de las premisas del Apple Watch será su diseño. De hecho, en función de este, podemos encontrar tres modelos, Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport y Apple Watch Edition. Además, dentro de estos podremos encontrar dos tamaños, de 38mm y 42 mm, para así elegir el que mejor se adapte a nuestras muñecas. A todo esto, hay que unirle acabados en varios metales, incluso preciosos y variadas correas con materiales sinteticos, cuero o metálicos. Como veis, tendremos mucho por donde elegir. Por cierto, el Apple watch me recuerda en parte al Zen Watch de Asus presentado hace pocos días en Berlín.

Respecto a las características técnicas, no es mucho lo desvelado por Apple salvo que posee una pantalla ‘Retina’, sin especificar su resolución, sensor de ritmo cardiaco o los típicos que medirán nuestra actividad física. La conectividad o el geoposicionamiento vendrán dados por el iPhone, ya que el Apple Watch no posee GPS (recordemos que el Sony SmartWatch presentado enIFA 2014 posee GPS). No nos hablan de batería y por supuesto, de autonomía, aún que la carga se realiza a través de una base magnética por inducción. Tampoco se habla de su índice IP o lo que es lo mismo, resistencia al Polvo/Agua, aunque suponemos que al menos será resistente al sudor por su enfoque deportivo.

iWatch-vs-Android-Wear

El ecosistema de Apps se irá completando conforme los desarrolladores adopten su WatchKit, el SDK de desarrollo de aplicaciones para el Apple Watch, aunque viene con una serie de funciones y watchfaces de serie, algo muy similar a lo que ya hemos visto en otros smartwatches como los Tizen de Samsung (Gear 2 y Gear Neo) o los dotados de Android Wear (LG G Watch, Watch R, Samsung Gear Live, Moto360, Asus ZenWatch o Sony SmartWatch 3).

Por último, Apple también ha dado a conocer que el Apple Watch será compatible con el sistema de pagos móviles, Apple Pay, anunciado también en esta conferencia, aunque por ahora, solo disponible en EE.UU.

Disponibilidad y precios

Por desgracias, para los que esperáis con ansias el primer smartwatch de Apple, tendréis que esperar a comienzos del 2015 para disfrutarlo. En cuanto a su precio, Apple ha dicho que partirá desde los 349$ en EE.UU por lo que los modelos superiores y en función también de sus acabados, veremos precios más (mucho) altos. El Apple Watch será compatible con iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 o iPhone 6 Plus siempre que ejecuten la última versión de iOS 8.

P.D. Sí, lo reconozco, tengo ganas de probarlo, pero chisssttt…no se lo digáis a nadie 😉 ¿Alguien me deja un iPhone?

Se me olvidaba, aquí tenéis la nota de prensa:

Apple Unveils Apple Watch—Apple’s Most Personal Device Ever

CUPERTINO, California—September 9, 2014—Apple® today unveiled Apple Watch™—its most personal device ever—featuring revolutionary new technologies and a pioneering user interface with a beautiful design that honors the rich tradition of precision watchmaking. Apple Watch introduces a specially designed and engineered Digital Crown that provides an innovative way to scroll, zoom and navigate. The Digital Crown is Apple’s most revolutionary navigation tool since the iPod® Click Wheel and iPhone® Multi-Touch™. Apple Watch will enable you to communicate in new ways right from your wrist by sending and receiving messages, answering calls to your iPhone, and with Digital Touch, sending something as personal as your own heartbeat. Apple Watch also introduces comprehensive health and fitness apps that can help people lead healthier lives. Apple Watch is available in three distinct collections—Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.

«Apple introduced the world to several category-defining products, the Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad,» said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. «And once again Apple is poised to captivate the world with a revolutionary product that can enrich people’s lives. It’s the most personal product we’ve ever made.»

«With Apple Watch, we’ve developed multiple technologies and an entirely new user interface specifically for a device that’s designed to be worn. It blurs the boundary between physical object and user interface,» said Jony Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of Design. «We’ve created an entire range of products that enable unparalleled personalization.»

Apple Watch introduces a revolutionary design and iOS-based user interface created specifically for a smaller device. Apple Watch features the Digital Crown, an innovative way to scroll, zoom and navigate fluidly, without obstructing the display. The Digital Crown also serves as the Home button and a convenient way to access Siri®. The Retina® display on Apple Watch features Force Touch, a technology that senses the difference between a tap and a press, providing a new way to quickly and easily access controls within apps. Apple Watch introduces the Taptic Engine and a built-in speaker that together discreetly enable an entirely new vocabulary of alerts and notifications you can both hear and feel. Apple custom-designed its own S1 SiP (System in Package) to miniaturize an entire computer architecture onto a single chip. Apple Watch also features Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 4.0 to pair seamlessly with your iPhone.

Apple Watch comes in three distinct collections—Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition—available in two different sizes, 38 mm and 42 mm. The beautifully designed and durable enclosures are crafted from custom alloys of polished or space black stainless steel, space gray or silver anodized aluminum and 18-karat rose or yellow gold. Apple also created an entire range of watch straps: the high-performance elastomer Sport Band; the Milanese Loop in a flexible magnetic stainless steel mesh; the Leather Loop in soft, quilted leather that conceals magnets for quick fastening and adjustment; the leather Modern Buckle, which closes with a solid metal clasp; the leather Classic Buckle; and the stainless steel Link Bracelet. Apple Watch comes with a unique charging system that combines Apple’s MagSafe® technology with inductive charging for a quick connection that snaps into place.

Apple Watch is an extremely accurate timepiece that’s also customizable for personal expression. Apple Watch comes with 11 watch faces ranging from traditional analog faces to new faces like the dynamic Timelapse face; the Astronomy face with its interactive, real-time 3D model of the earth, sun, moon and planets; and the Solar face, a contemporary sundial. Apple Watch can be personalized in appearance and capability with additional information such as upcoming events, moonphases or your activity level, enabling millions of possible configurations.

Taking advantage of its location on your wrist, Apple Watch provides timely information that can be viewed at a glance. Smart Replies and dictation let you respond quickly to messages, and with Handoff, you can start a message on your Apple Watch and continue where you left off on your iPhone. Swipe up from the watch face for Glances that quickly show you information you care about, such as your current location, stocks or your next meeting. Pressing the side button brings up Friends, a view of your favorite people, so you can contact them quickly and easily. Digital Touch allows you to send a sketch, a gentle tap, an audio message through Walkie Talkie or even your own heartbeat. Apple Watch lets you interact quickly and conveniently with the world around you, so you can pay for coffee using Apple Pay™,* board a plane with a Passbook® boarding pass, control your Apple TV® or get directions.

Apple Watch includes a groundbreaking Activity app designed to help motivate you to be more active throughout the day, and an all-new Workout app designed to provide the metrics you need during dedicated workout sessions. Apple Watch uses the accelerometer, a built-in heart rate sensor, GPS and Wi-Fi from your iPhone to provide a comprehensive picture of your daily activity. The Activity app measures three separate aspects of movement: calories burned, brisk activity and how often you stand up during the day. The Workout app provides goal-setting and pacing during popular session-based workouts, such as running and cycling. The companion Fitness app on iPhone collects your activity data so you can see your activity history in greater detail. Apple Watch uses this history to suggest personal, realistic goals, reward fitness milestones and keep you motivated.

Apple introduces WatchKit, providing new tools and APIs for developers to create unique experiences designed for the wrist. With Apple Watch, developers can create WatchKit apps with actionable notifications and Glances that provide timely information. Starting later next year, developers will be able to create fully native apps for Apple Watch.

Pricing & Availability

Apple Watch will be available in three collections. Apple Watch, with a polished or space black stainless steel case and a choice of straps; Apple Watch Sport, with a space gray or silver anodized aluminum case and Sport Band; and Apple Watch Edition, with an 18-karat rose or yellow gold case and a choice of straps exclusive to this collection. Apple Watch straps include the Sport Band in black, blue, green, pink and white; the Classic Buckle in black and midnight blue; the Leather Loop in bright blue, light brown and stone; the Modern Buckle in midnight blue, brown, soft pink, rose gray and bright red; the Milanese Loop in stainless steel; and the Link Bracelet in brushed stainless steel and polished space black. Apple Watch will be available in early 2015 starting at $349 (US). Apple Watch is compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus running the latest version of iOS 8.

  • Apple Pay is only available in the US.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

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